Smoking had been allowed in hospitals and school zones in the 1970s. Known as passive smoking, it is still a dangerous health hazard that can cause serious health problems, especially in children and non-smokers. Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including at least 70 that are known to cause cancer. It can increase the risk of respiratory infections, asthma, lung cancer, and heart disease. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and respiratory infections. Pregnant women who are exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of low birth weight, premature birth, and miscarriage.
To protect yourself and your loved ones from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, it’s best to avoid exposure completely. If you’re a smoker, the most efficient way to lower the risk of secondhand smoke is by quitting smoking. However, if you cannot stop smoking, you should smoke outside and away from others. Avoid smoking in enclosed spaces like cars and homes. Non-smokers can also take measures to safeguard themselves by avoiding areas where smoking is permitted, requesting smokers to smoke outside, and ensuring their workplace and home are free from smoke. By taking these steps, we can all play a part in reducing the risk of secondhand smoke. It’s important to protect the health of ourselves and those around us.